Redeemer is governed by a plurality of qualified men, who meet the standards of scripture and serve alongside the lead pastor as player-coaches in the life of the church (1 Tim. 3:1-7; 2 Tim. 2:2; Titus 1:5-9). The eldership is plurality of leadership, in that every elder is viewed as an equal. However, the eldership body will serve alongside the vision of the lead pastor who serves a first among equals in the eldership. The words “elder” and “pastor” are used interchangeably in the New Testament. Thus, as shepherds, the elder body will care for and protect the church.
Operating in unity, elders will set the direction of the church as well as guard the church from false doctrine and false teachers who would try to infiltrate the body of Christ. They will humbly love, lead, serve, and discipline the members of the church. These men should be godly, theologically solid, lead their marriages and families well, deeply involved in the life and ministry of the church, and understand and exhibit servant-leadership.
God calls elders. It is not a title based on popularity, power, or personality. To desire to be an elder is a good thing, but ultimately elders must be qualified by maturity of character, relational chemistry, and competency in gifts. The elder board will identify future elder candidates and select them to serve after a season of prayer, confirmation, and training. The eldership will be self-governed and self-disciplined. As a team, the eldership will seek to maintain a balance of values and spiritual gifts that represent the body Christ a whole, yet will remain united to the unique vision and values our church.
Whereas elders will lead the church through governance, qualified deacons will lead the church through service (1 Tim. 3:8-13). A deacon is called and identified to minister to the church as servant-leaders. Future elders will likely first serve as deacons, since the basis of all Christian leadership is service.
In addition to the offices of Elders and Deacons, Redeemer will also have Community Leaders who will be trained, assessed, and approved to lead Community Groups. Serving underneath the Community Leaders will be Apprentices who will be learning how to lovingly lead. These roles will be great opportunities for those aspiring to spiritual office to faithfully serve and be proven in character and competence as a leader.